SUNDAY 3 July, 2016
Decision that Spelled Disaster
So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lordhad purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lordmight bring disaster on Absalom.- 2 Samuel 17:14
Absalom and all Israel agreed unanimously––Hushai’s advice was better than Ahithophel’s. What was transpiring was exactly what God intended. Now we see a clearer picture of how God is moving behind the scenes in bringing about disaster on Absalom for his disgraceful rebellion.
This is a verse in the Bible you should underline––memorize it. Do not forget what is taught here. Why? Who is in control? God is in control––amazing! With the good advice of Hushai, God has set a trap for Absalom, he will be defeated. It is important to understand that God needed to remove David’s son or he would have continued to be a pain in his side. Although this was going to hurt David tremendously, with Absalom out of the way, David could then return to the throne.
David always trusted the Lord for his deliverance, he wrote: My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net (Psalm 25:15). According to God’s just character, He has a sovereign method of turning a person’s evil intent back on themselves. It involves the natural law of reaping and sowing (Galatians 6:7); and the merciful answer to the prayers of the persecuted. Meditate on the Psalmist’s prayers: The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised (Psalm 10:2); Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely (Psalm 141:10).
Is the enemy trying to entrap you? Pray to the Lord for a quick escape.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
for You are my strength.
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